Vice President Kamala Harris compared the Jan. 6, 2021 riot at the U.S. Capitol to the September 11th terrorist attacks and the attack on Pearl Harbor during remarks Thursday.
Both Pearl Harbor and 9/11 were foreign attacks on Americans and resulted in thousands of American casualties and set off years-long global wars.
Harris and President Joe Biden both spoke Thursday at National Statuary Hall at the United States Capitol to mark the one-year anniversary of the riot, when some of President Donald Trump’s supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol as lawmakers worked to certify the election results.
“Certain dates echo throughout history, including dates that instantly remind all who have lived through them where they were, and what they were doing when our democracy came under assault,” Harris declared. “Dates that occupy not only a place on our calendars but a place in our collective memory. December 7, 1941, September 11th, 2001, and January 6th, 2021.”
More than 700 people have been arrested in connection to the riot, with some still in D.C. jailed as they await trial. Ashli Babbitt was shot and killed during the Jan. 6 riot after she tried to enter the U.S. House Chamber. No police officers were killed during the riot, though Capital Police officer Brian Sicknick died on Jan. 7 after physically engaging with rioters during the event.
D.C.’s chief medical examiner determined Sicknick died of natural causes after suffering two strokes but he had no internal or external injuries. Two other officers committed suicide several days after Jan. 6 and two more in July. Two pro-Trump supporters died during the riot of natural causes after suffering from hypertensive atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease.
Nearly 3,000 people died as a result of the September 11 attacks, when terrorists hijacked four planes. Two planes were flown into the World Trade Center in New York City, a third hit the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, and the fourth crashed in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, after Americans on board the flight fought back against the terrorists and thwarted the planned attack.
September 11 began the War on Terror in Afghanistan and resulted in the passage of the Patriot Act less than two months later. The Patriot Act marked a fundamental shift in the United States’ handling of terrorism.
On December 7, 1941, Japanese planes attacked the U.S. Naval Base at Pearl Harbor. Over 2,300 Americans were killed as a result of the attack, with the U.S.S Arizona being destroyed and the U.S.S Oklahoma capsizing. War was declared on Japan after the attack, launching the U.S. into World War II.